Appomattox Courthouse- The War Is Over
People all throughout the Union celebrate with the news that General Robert E. Lee had surrendered yesterday. All throughout the United States the brave soldiers who fought in this awful war are getting to return home to their families. Slaves in the South rejoice because now their freedom is inevitable with the Confederacy rejoining the free Union. Although it is not a happy day for everyone. General Lee and the rest of the southern slave owners are devastated.
After the Confederates were surrounded at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. Robert E. Lee had the option of fighting on and facing the large risk of complete destruction of his troops, or he could surrender. It was hopeless for Lee, and he sent a note over to General Grant stating he was ready to surrender. The two decided to hold the meeting in Wilmer McClain's home. McClain had already helped to the war effort in the Battle of Bull Run, in which his house was used as a meeting place for the Confederates.
Reports say that General Lee came dressed in his best Uniform while General Grant came in a private's jacket and muddy boots. Grant had rushed to the scene and had no time to prepare himself. Lee on the other hand is quoted saying, "If I am to be Grant's prisoner, I should look good." The men engaged in small talk until General Lee supposedly told Grant that there should be no stalling.
General Grant handled the situation with grace and showed great respect to Lee. He even allowed to Confederates to keep all their personal guns and horses. Now, even if the outcome wasn't in your favor, everyone is glad that this horrible war is over. 850,000 Americans died during this war, if not from combat form the horrible diseases that haunted the camps. Now it is all over. Men return home, and try to forget everything they witnessed. Although, nobody can forget the great sacrifices made by the brave men who fought and gave their lives for their country.